Originally Posted by Landscraper1
I once had that mentality that "oil is oil". Boy was I wrong. I would use any 2-cycle that was on sale. About 15 years ago a dealer had convinced me to try Opti-2. He gave me 2 1gal jugs to try out, after I spent about 20K with him that year, he gave it to me as a gift (he also wanted me to start buying my oil from him.)
At that time, I would schedule to have all of our trimmers maintenanced every month. Each month we would clean the filter, spark plug, and muffler. As we were using the Opti-2, we noticed no carbon buildup on the plug and muffler. That was it, here I was buying the premium oil from that dealer.
Ever since then we do the maintenance on the trimmers once in the winter and in the summer or if one comes in for repair, that's it. And, the equipment lasted longer then ever. I ended up saving alot of money buying the Opti-2.
One 1.8oz costs about $1.50 if you buy 1 pouch for 1gal. I now buy it by the 55 gal drum. Costs about $2000. One drum mixes 5500gal. That's $.36 a gal. not Bad.
Originally Posted by Richard Martin
This is one of the reasons I do use Amsoil mixed at 80:1. I have never had to clean out any carbon deposits from my Stihl FC75, FS80, FC95 or BR600. In fact, they all still have the exhaust screens in them without having had to ever clean them. It's not that the Amsoil burns any cleaner (although I'm sure it does) but that I don't have to mix as much oil in. The less oil you run through those ports the less buildup you will get.
all these things you guys list as reason to use the more expensive mixes sound and are great and they would make me switch if it weren't for one thing........
i don't have any of those issues using the oil i use. i don't have carbon deposits ever since i started running my trimmers at high throttle all the time.
i peform maintenance on my trimmers, blowers, edgers once a season. i'll clean the fliter out periodically because it does get dirty sometimes with grass and other debris but thats it.
so how do you convince someone who uses the cheap oil that the more expensive oil is better when they don't have any issues to begin with?????